A rich, frothy cappuccino has no substitute. An employee or customer who prefers espresso might settle for a regular cup of coffee instead, but many people prefer their caffeine kick delivered in a slightly different way.
Whether you're looking for your daily fix, treating yourself to a specialty drink, or enjoying a slight buzz after a big meal at a restaurant, espresso is a must for coffee drinkers in any setting.
Companies like Illy and Lavazza have adapted to the demands of offices that want to make espresso machines their go-to coffee choice, or round out the selection for their employees.
Similarly, Nespresso and Jura-Capresso make sophisticated commercial machines that answer just about any of your customers' espresso needs.
Let's take a look at some good office and commercial options, as well as their benefits, and you can decide what's right for you.
Best Espresso Machines for an Office
Coffee is a must in the workplace. Not everyone drinks it, but for the employees who do, it helps keep them focused and productive, which is great for your bottom line. With so much potential value to your business, it's certainly a worthwhile investment.
But if you have regular coffee, do you really need espresso too? Ask any espresso fan (there are many) and they will answer with an emphatic Yes!
Espresso is no longer considered just an extra amenity, and with Illy's Francis Francis Y1.1 Espresso Machine, you can seamlessly add it to your small office's beverage selection, or make it the one and only source for caffeine.
With its sleek, modern design and compact size, the Y1.1 fits easily into your kitchen or break room, and using it is as simple as choosing your desired capsule. Additionally, the complimentary welcome gift includes a milk frother, cups and stirrers.
For an office of about 20 or less, Illy's Francis Francis Y1.1 is an affordable choice at $155.00
If your office is larger, you may consider adding a machine to enhance your caffeine choices for your employees, as well as guests.
Offering amenities to your visiting clients is not only hospitable, it's key to earning or keeping their business.
Espresso is ideal. It provides selection and shows a hint of sophistication. For these situations, you should consider Lavazza's Blue 3212. It's a high-performing espresso machine that can make up to 8 beverages by simply touching a button.
Drawing on its history of delicious Italian espresso, Lavazza has made their trademark coffee available for your office – quickly and efficiently. Using their pods, your employees and clients can get rich, inspired espresso in under 60 seconds.
Estimated retail for the Lavazza Blue 3212 is around $1,200.
Best Commercial Options
Having a reliable espresso machine in your restaurant is a necessity, especially if you offer other coffee drinks. Customers will ask for it, which is obviously great for sales. Plus, with the right machine, your employees don't have to take on too much additional work.
Nespresso has a reputation for making user-friendly, superior espresso machines. Indeed, the Aguila takes brewing to the next level. Not only does it produce exceptional coffee with high-volume output, it has a network-connected SIM card inserted inside, so that its performance can be tracked online, and help can be automatically provided if something goes wrong.
The hi tech features and emphasis on efficiency mean your baristas can spend less time brewing, and more time engaging customers.
The Aguila is estimated to cost upwards of $10,000.
It's always good to have a machine that can multi-task, which is why automatic espresso machines such as Jura-Capresso's S Impressa models are a great option.
Whether you rely on one of its pre-programmed modes to make a drink, or customize the strength and cup size with the A La Carte button, the Impressa S series is designed to meet all of your high-output needs. Many restaurants like them because they handle the making of the espresso shot, leaving the Barista free to steam milk.
At around $2,000, these machines are a great deal.